The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology has just opened its newest exhibit with its newest dinosaur.

'Grounds of Discovery' features a new species of Nodosaur, which is a type of armoured dinosaur.museum 1

"This is one of the top ones (museums) they want to come see and I know they have familiarization trips here. People want to see what is discovered and right behind me, this is one of the beauties that continue to be found here," stated Ricardo Miranda, Alberta's Minister of Culture and Tourism.

Each time we have a new discovery within the province, it brings up a new level of research not only for the scientists, but for the tourists as well.

"People want to know about it and they want to learn, a new scholarship is being created, a new collaboration is being done (and) of course our partnerships with the industry allows us to continue to preserve these beautiful historical pieces," Miranda explained.

The museum is currently undergoing renovations which Miranda believes should be completed by 2019.

"I think by refreshing our museums it renews the interest all around the world. People know we already exist, they love it and they want to come here, but for those who have been here many times this is just another reason why they should come again and again."

So, what is your personal opinion on the exhibit aside from a government view?

"When I first came to Canada, I came to Canada as a refugee in 1988 and this was the first museum I ever came to when I was in school. Since then, I've always been interested and always curious about it. To me it's both the coolest thing in the world and from a government perspective it's still very interesting," expressed Miranda.

"People are discovering things and really showing what it really means to be an Albertan This is an essential part of what it means to be an Albertan, this museum is something that lives in my heart."

museumMinister Ricardo Miranda with Tyrrell executive director Andy Neuman.

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